A few prospective primary parents have quizzed us about our Global Citizens enrichment program. Here's an information about the program at a glance.
"We must foster global citizenship. Education is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry. Education must fully assume its essential role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies."
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General (2012)
Education for global citizenship is a framework to equip learners for critical and active engagement with the challenges and opportunities of life in a fast-changing and interdependent world. It is transformative, developing the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes that learners need to both participate fully in a globalised society and economy, and to secure a more just, secure and sustainable world than the one they have inherited.
So what does it look like for your child?
Your child will be introduced to this program from Grade 1. The class will meet once a week to discuss various global issues that have been picked and relevant to the children by applying them to the curriculum and the children's daily life at school and home. For example:
• develop cooperation skills and an appreciation of interdependence through teamwork
• promote a sense of fair play, mutual respect, and the ability to manage emotions and conflict
• provide opportunities to challenge cultural, gender and racial stereotypes and to explore both the relationship between sport and identity, and issues such as inclusion, conflict, racism and violence
English, Media Studies and Drama
• develop empathy, communication skills and the ability to argue effectively, considering insights into issues common to the personal and global spheres, such as prejudice and conflict
• provide opportunities to use exploration of global issues as real-life contexts for developing core skills (for example, persuasive writing and spoken language)
Peace and Conflict
• causes of disagreement and conflict at personal, classroom and household levels
• some ways of avoiding, managing and resolving conflict
• rights in class and school
• the need to respect the rights of others
• basic human rights and how some people have these denied
"Being a global citizen means you can emphatise and put yourself in other people's shoes, and have similar dreams and want everyone to be equal."
"A global citizen is someone who contributes to the wider world community. They don't just follow the crowd, they are their own person and they want to make a difference but they know they can't do it on their own."
"Being a global citizen means knowing about current issues around the world."